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[Bug 1434581] Re: Console extremely slow with 3.13 and newer kernels for certified servers with Matrox G200er2 or similar


So at least I can confirm that a boot with 3.13 and vesafb set to
1280x1024 by grub (the default otherwise was 640x480) scrolls by quite
slowly. I need to get a pre-3.12 there to get to see the before state.

Looking at the code in 3.13, I see only one change to vesafb that came
related to introducting simplefb:

commit 2e5155ecbb729d3a2e7d1cea7c18493516fec55a
Author: David Herrmann <dh.herrmann@xxxxxxxxx>
Date:   Fri Aug 2 14:05:25 2013 +0200

    fbdev: vesafb: bind to platform-framebuffer device

I could not immediately find any SAUCE patches but I got rid of copies
of previous releases as they went out of support and our archive is
currently undergoing some maintenance. The change above is not directly
addressing optimizations but changed the setup in a way which maybe
affects passing in options (like use of mtrr).

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  Console extremely slow with 3.13 and newer kernels for certified
  servers with Matrox G200er2 or similar

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Bug description:
  When I first came across this issue I thought it was the same as bug
  #1316035 (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xorg-
  server/+bug/1316035), but this bug seems to be about X and it is
  reporting xorg-server as the package with the issue. I've seen a
  report on the certification program already on this, but it was
  lacking follow-up and suggested a bug report, question 255332
  I've already asked about this on the forums, and received no replies.

  I originally encountered this issue due to having a bunch of Dell
  servers that I was testing with kernel 3.13 on 12.04. The text console
  is so slow that it is unusable when using vi or doing an operation
  similar to dpkg -l |grep xorg. Comparing the exact same system with
  kernel 3.2 or 3.11 loaded and running lsmod, vesafb is listed and
  performance is excellent. It is not listed on the 3.13 system. The
  same issue exists on 14.04 with the 3.13 or 3.16 kernel.

  Attempting to do modprobe vesa or modprobe vesafb returns modprobe:
  FATAL: Module vesa not found and modprobe: FATAL: Module vesafb not
  found respectively.

  Attempting to use uvesafb on this hardware results in a black screen.
  Attempting to use vga16fb results in good performance, but I am locked
  to 640x480. I tried to use fbset to force higher resolutions, but it
  either results in a distorted display or tells me there is not enough

  I need a 1280x1024 console with performance equal to 12.04 with
  kernels 3.2-3.11. The server I'm using for testing is a Dell R320.

  This appears to be regression as I can duplicate it by simply doing a fresh install of 12.04.1 and not having the issue, while doing a fresh install of 12.04.5, 14.04.1, or 14.04.2 results in a very slow console.
   total 0
   crw-rw---- 1 root audio 116,  1 Mar 20 13:17 seq
   crw-rw---- 1 root audio 116, 33 Mar 20 13:17 timer
  AplayDevices: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
  ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.7
  Architecture: amd64
  ArecordDevices: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
  AudioDevicesInUse: Error: command ['fuser', '-v', '/dev/snd/seq', '/dev/snd/timer'] failed with exit code 1:
  CRDA: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
  HibernationDevice: RESUME=UUID=3255aa87-ba68-4b74-bdb0-1112aba7d46e
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-03-20 (0 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Server 14.04.1 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Release amd64 (20140722.3)
  IwConfig: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
  MachineType: Dell Inc. PowerEdge R320
  Package: linux (not installed)
   PATH=(custom, no user)
  ProcFB: 0 VESA VGA
  ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-46-generic root=UUID=fda4445f-efe2-4e93-9adb-ecaf6386f8cd ro consoleblank=0
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-46.79-generic 3.13.11-ckt15
   linux-restricted-modules-3.13.0-46-generic N/A
   linux-backports-modules-3.13.0-46-generic  N/A
   linux-firmware                             1.127.11
  RfKill: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
  Tags:  trusty
  Uname: Linux 3.13.0-46-generic x86_64
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
  UserGroups: root
  _MarkForUpload: True
  dmi.bios.date: 09/23/2013
  dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
  dmi.bios.version: 2.0.21
  dmi.board.name: 0R5KP9
  dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
  dmi.board.version: A09
  dmi.chassis.type: 23
  dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
  dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvr2.0.21:bd09/23/2013:svnDellInc.:pnPowerEdgeR320:pvr:rvnDellInc.:rn0R5KP9:rvrA09:cvnDellInc.:ct23:cvr:
  dmi.product.name: PowerEdge R320
  dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.

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